§ The MINISTER of LABOUR (Miss Bondfield)
It is estimated that the number of insured persons, aged 16 to 64, in employment in Great Britain at 22nd September, 1930, was approximately 9,646,500, as compared with 10,071,000 at 96th September, 1927.
§ 12. Mr. ALBERY
asked the Minister of Labour whether any estimate has been made of the additional number of persons who, up to date, have become entitled to claim insurance benefit since the abolition of the condition genuinely seeking work, and who would probably otherwise not have been so entitled?
§ Mr. ALBERY
As this information will obviously be of great interest, will the right hon. Lady consider having some approximate estimate made; and has any estimate of 400,000 been brought to her notice?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
I believe that the House is well aware that the only estimate that could he made would be an approximate guess. That is all that we can do.
§ 14. Mr. TINKER
asked the Minister of Labour the number of persons over 60 years of age who are in receipt of unemployment benefits, and how many are women?
§ Mr. TINKER
In view of the importance of this matter in relation to the present position, will the right hon. Lady get the figures?
§ Miss BONDFIELD
I think it would be possible to get them for distinct periods, but it would mean a separate and specific inquiry.
§ 26. Mr. D. G. SOMERVILLE
asked the Minister of Labour whether her Department can give any information and, if so, to what effect as to the prevalence of unemployment among the lower middle class whose earnings are between £250 and £500, and who do not therefore figure on the register?